Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union tells the Manhattan crowd that his organization is not opposed to government surveillance, but that the government needs reasonable cause and court permission before it wiretaps citizens. "It is not up to Verizon or AT&T to act as a court of law," Ofer said. "If they handed over phone records to the government then they violated the law."
The NYCLU sent a letter to New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer on Wednesday asking that he investigate the phone companies.
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